You Drink. You Drive. You Lose.
Be warned that during the period, August 17 through Labor Day, September 4, Basehor Police Department will join 150 other local and state police agencies across the state in a crackdown aimed at removing drunk, drugged, and other dangerous drivers from the roadways.
Kansas averages three persons injured every day, and one person killed every three days, in crashes where at least one of the drivers involved is impaired by alcohol and/or another drug. According to KDOT, between 22% and 35% of all crashes with fatalities are attributable to alcohol or drug impairment.
You Drink. You Drive. You Lose. Campaign is intended to remind drivers of several things:
1. If you’re going to drink while away from home, do it responsibly by planning ahead and lining up a designated driver before leaving home.
2. Think of a family you know – maybe your own. Now, consider how it would be to wake up every day to the memory of your decision to drive after drinking – a decision which unintentionally brought injury or death to one of them.
3. Even if you appear to be driving well enough to get by, you may still be pulled over for another traffic offences. If this happens and the officer detects alcohol you will be tested. If you fail the testing process you’re looking at a fine of $500-$2,500; up to one year in jail; the suspension of your driver’s license; increased insurance premiums; and the purchase and installation of an ignition interlock device in your car. Add in an attorney’s fees and you may tie up $13,000 or more before all is said and done. Don’t take the chance; it’s not worth it.
4. We are asking all citizens on the roadways – drivers and passengers – to watch for suspicious driving behaviors. Note the location, a description of the suspect vehicle, along with its direction of travel, and call 911 as soon as it’s safe to do so. You may save a life.
5. You can count on this department to vigorously enforce impaired driving and other traffic laws, not just during this campaign, but all year long.
6. Always remember that the best protection against a drunk driver (even when it’s yourself) is the use of seat belts and appropriate child restraints – every trip, every time. Restraints save lives and reduce injury severity.
Lloyd Martley, Chief of Police